Ben Smith is a two time Emmy award winning weekday meteorologist on WHNT News 19 This Morning. He brings 17 years of television experience to the table.

Ben is a certified broadcast meteorologist originally from Fredericksburg, Virginia. He says he’s always been interested in weather from grade school, tracking snowstorms up the east coast and doing weather on the morning announcements in high school. After graduating high school, he attended East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina where in 1996 he received a bachelor’s degree in Communications and a minor in Geography.

Ben landed his first on-air job right out of college at WNCT-TV in Greenville, NC where he did weather for five years. While working at WNCT, he went back to school and received a certificate in broadcast meteorology from Mississippi State University. Ben has also worked in Chattanooga and Birmingham, where he worked at WIAT-42 from 2001-2003. Ben was the Chief Meteorologist at WSAV in Savannah, Georgia for four years. From there, he worked for WFTV in Orlando, Florida.

Ben has been involved in the direct landfalls of several hurricanes including Bertha, Bonnie, Dennis, Fran and Floyd in 1999. Along with the WNCT staff, he was honored to be awarded the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award for continuous coverage of Hurricane Floyd.

Ben holds seals from the American Meteorological Society and the National Weather Association and also has the Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) seal of approval as well. He also serves on the National Weather Association seal evaluation committee.

In his spare time, Ben watches sports (the N.Y. Jets & Virginia Cavaliers). He also enjoys working out, going to church, and the beach.


Recent Articles
  • Dana Watts Wins $319 To Kickoff the Tools For Teachers 2017-18 Campaign

    MORGAN COUNTY, Ala. – Dana Watts is the first winner of the Tools For Teachers Award for the 2017-18 school year. She teaches Kindergarten at Banks-Caddell Elementary in Decatur. Principal David McCollum says Mrs. Watts’ class is the place to be. “When you walk into Mrs. Watts classroom, the first thing I noticed is it’s just a welcoming environment. Everyone who comes in it’s an exciting place to learn it’s bright colorful and kids love going in there because they […]

  • Tropical Storm Harvey Stays Away – What About the Next One?

    There is  a tropical wave we need to keep a close watch on.  It’s still approximately 1500 east-southeast of Bahamas right now and the track takes it west-northwest over the weekend. The next name on the list is Irma. If you hear that name floating around over the weekend, it’s most like this tropical system.     Most computer models take the system west-northwest toward the southern Bahamas by next week. Will the system move in that direction or will […]

  • Flash Flood Warning for Madison has been cancelled

      Refresh for the latest radar image     Here is a look at some of the totals this morning:         BULLETIN – EAS ACTIVATION REQUESTED Flash Flood Warning National Weather Service Huntsville AL 629 AM CDT THU AUG 10 2017 The National Weather Service in Huntsville Alabama has issued a * Flash Flood Warning for…   Northeastern Madison County in north central Alabama… * Until 930 AM CDT * At 626 AM CDT, Doppler radar indicated […]

  • Break In the Heat This Weekend

    We’ve had the hottest stretch in the Tennessee Valley over the last couple of weeks including several heat advisories. That’s about the change in just a few short days. A true cold front moves through the area on Friday bringing milder temperatures and drier air to our region. It will be a welcome relief as some of the hottest air on record has occurred in the latter part of July. The all-time record in Huntsville was set on July 29, […]

  • Heat Advisory Today – Feeling Like 107°

    We hit 98° in Huntsville and the Shoals on Thursday. It will be just as hot across the Tennessee Valley with a heat advisory in effect.   …Dangerous Heat Expected Across Portions of the Tennessee Valley again on Friday… Lauderdale-Colbert-Franklin AL-Lawrence-Limestone-Madison-Jackson- Cullman-Marshall-Franklin TN Including the cities of Florence, Muscle Shoals, Sheffield, Tuscumbia, Russellville, Red Bay, Moulton, Town Creek, Athens, Scottsboro, Albertville, Winchester, and Huntsville …HEAT ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM NOON TO 7 PM CDT FRIDAY… * TIMING AND AREAS AFFECTED…For most […]

  • High Heat Across the Midwest

    Our friends to the west bake today and it’s our turn later this week! A large upper ridge sits to your west bringing very hot air to place like Kansas City, St. Louis, and Omaha. Kansas City and St. Louis are under an *Excessive Heat Warnings* while Omaha is under an *Excessive Heat Watch* for Wednesday respectively.     It will feel like triple digits this week and the actual air temperatures will likely get above 100° by Thursday and Friday. […]

  • Strong Weekend Storms – Damage in Madison & Jackson Counties

    In case you missed it, it was a wild Saturday evening across the Tennessee Valley. A strong storm moved through Madison County eastward into Jackson County that evening.  Most of the damage was in the New Market where several trees were knocked down. Here are some photos from Tama Zmyewski Pearson off of Steakley Road in New Market.       Here is a facebook message from Tammy Patterson Lane: We have a lot of damage on Steakley Rd from yesterdays (Saturday) storms. […]

  • Pacific Hurricane: Fernanda Expected To Weaken Moving West

    The Atlantic basin is quiet for now, but not the Pacific. We just had Hurricane Eugene, now it’s Fernanda’s turn. The system is now a major hurricane, but thankfully is over 1500 miles east of the Hawaiian Islands Monday morning. Fernanda Track The official track takes the center west-northwest with a gradual decrease in strength and Fernanda is expected to downgraded to a tropical storm later this week. Right now looks like rough surf is the only concern for the big island. […]

  • Tropical Depression #4 – No Threat To Land

    There is a tropical depression in the open Atlantic this morning. Tropical Depression #4 is no threat to us in the United States. This system might have trouble holding together through the weekend. Here is a look at the system Friday morning. It’s not very impressive and it’s struggling to stay together.   The system is forecast to move northwest toward the northern Lesser Antilles over the weekend and just north of Puerto Rico after that. Little to no strengthening […]

  • Tuesday Morning Flooding Recap

    Huntsville, Ala. – It was an active morning in the Tennessee Valley with flash flooding from Madison County eastward through Jackson County. WHNT News 19’s Courtney Crown was on Homer Nance Road around 5am watching the flooding unfold. Here is a look at her report at 5:40 Tuesday morning.     The rain accumulation was impressive with 2″-4″ totals from Madison County into Jackson County. We even received a report of more flooding from the National Weather Service in Skyline: 0714 […]

  • Heavy Morning Storms – Flooding Possible

    Huntsville, Ala. – There are some heavy morning storms across the Tennessee Valley along with flooding. As of 5am, the activity are below severe limits. Dangerous lightning and gusty winds to 40 mph are possible early. Most of Madison County eastward through Jackson County has some heavy rain this morning. If you are looking to run some errands before your 4th of July festivities, have Live Alert 19 ready to go.   Madison AL- 528 AM CDT TUE JUL 4 2017 […]

  • Ironing Out Rain Chances For July 4th

    Huntsville, Ala. – As everyone gets ready for the 4th of July, the main question remains are we going to be dodging any rain. There is a chance of rain for both tonight and tomorrow across the Tennessee Valley. The good thing is there will be several dry spots over the next few days. Let’s hope rain stays away from downtown Huntsville, McFarland Park, and all fireworks displays. For a list of fireworks near you, click here. I’d like to show […]